I have a really cute baby. I know people say that about ultrasounds...and you think "how can you tell if it's cute? It's not even in 3D...it's all black and white"...but just look:
A smile. Seriously! Heart = melted! Sweet little lips and a sweet little nose:
This baby cooperated fully and gave an awesome profile! Big Brother did NOT cooperate for his anatomy scan and I never got "the" profile shot that every pregnant mama longs for. Here's a few more pics, they're pretty self explanatory.
And...lastly, can your almost 19 week old fetus do this? Cuz mine can!
Jay got a kick out of that one! And baby's heartbeat was 160 today.
Jay had to stay home with Braden, as he's still contagious, so luckily I got all these great pictures to bring home. Baby looks perfectly healthy, all organs developed, a beautiful 4 chambered beating heart, bowels inside the belly, 2 kidneys, and that about covers all the stuff my pediatric nurse brain worries about at this point! We are also on Team Green for this baby too, meaning we aren't finding out the sex until delivery day!
So what does the "2 out of 3" in the post title mean? Well, baby's umbilical cord only has 2 out of the 3 vessels. Normally it has 2 arteries and 1 vein, mine only has 1 artery and 1 vein. The arteries carry deoxygenated blood & waste from the baby to the placenta, and the veins carry oxygenated blood & nutrients from the placenta to the baby. So apparently I fall into the 1% of pregnancies that have a single umbilical artery. Wow! I'm in fairly low company, but one of my good friends just delivered a healthy 7 lb 4 oz baby boy in January with the same cord 'abnormality'...I'm truly not worried, so please don't worry for me either.
Some more info for you:
- 75% of babies are delivered healthy with no problems
- 25% of babies can have heart, spine, or kidney defects - my baby has none of the above - praise God!
- Slightly higher risk of congenital abnormalities, but as we all remember from my NT scan, I'm at extremely low risk as it is
- Possible low birth weight
I was also asked if I had bleeding with this pregnancy. I said a little bit of spotting in the first trimester, but nothing that concerned me, in fact, my spotting with Braden was worse. The ultrasound tech said there was a little membrane filled with blood that had collected by my cervix which usually indicates that the mom has had a bleed, which I haven't. I hadn't started blogging yet, but pretty much the same thing happened with Braden and that pocket burst at 27 weeks and I had a very scary morning with a big, one-time bleed. I'm praying this doesn't happen again, but at least I know if it does...it will likely be due to that membrane.
The wonderful thing about this radiology centre, is that the radiologist is right on site, did my report, and came and spoke with me about it after. He was so nice and kind (not what I think about when I do think about radiologists!) and told me he doesn't sugar-coat things and that my baby was perfect and healthy and we'll do the echo and extra scan at 30 weeks "just because we can". He also assured me that "Women have had 2 vessel cord babies since the beginning of time, we're just able to detect it in utero now with the amazing equipment we have now". My care doesn't change at all. I'm also not actively bleeding, which I made sure to ask, and Squishy is not at risk for developing heart, spine, or kidney defects as s/he grows. They would have happened already.
Part of me wishes they just wouldn't tell me this stuff. I'm truly not worried, I lean on God in times like this and let Him worry about it for me, as it's all in His hands anyway and there's nothing I can do to magically grow another artery in my umbilical cord. It's really comforting to be able to pray in times like this! But baby is measuring right on time...and I'm growing - trust me!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Thanks for reading, I'm hoping to have more posts, more frequently again for you!